CONF: Teaching Marxism Workshop 17/2/2010

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Teaching Controversial Topics: Marxist Theory, February 17th 2010,

The Coal Store, Pump House Building, The Peoples’ History Museum, Manchester

The Subject Centre for History, Classics & Archaeology is holding a joint workshop to investigate the teaching of Marxism within those disciplines as part of its ‘Teaching Controversial Topics’ series

The programme is as follows;


10:30 to 11:00 – Registration

11:00 to 12:00 – Session 1

Richard Alston – Royal Holloway:

“Marxism, Utopianism and Teaching the Roman City”

Michael Sommer – University of Liverpool:

“By the beard of the prophet! Marxian paradigms and ancient (hi)story/ies”

12:00 to 13:00 – Session 2

John Barrett – University of Sheffield

“Teaching Marxism as a question rather than as an answer”

Steve Roskams – University of York

“The Relevance of Marxism to Archaeological Theory and Practice: some York experiences”

13:00 to 14:00 – Lunch & Tour of The People’s Museum, Manchester

14:00 to 15:00 – Session 3

Catherine Feely – University of Manchester

“Theory and Practice: How and Why Should History Students Read Karl Marx”

Helena Sheehan – University of Dublin

“Teaching History of Ideas from a Marxist Perspective”

15:00 to 16:00 – Session 4

Round table discussion on the current challenges to teaching Marxism

There will be opportunities to explore the challenges of teaching Marxism to History, Classics and Archaeology students in the 21st century, as well as sharing experiences and resources.

We very much hope to see you there, as usual, lunch and refreshments will be provided at no charge. To register for this event you can do so electronically at or if you have any queries please send me an email on classicshea AT


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